Ikebana International 10th World Convention
May 1-4, 2012 at Grand Pacific Le Daiba, Tokyo
Inherit the spirit of Ikebana and evolve into a peaceful world
Day 0 (April 30, Monday)
9:00- Set up
10:00 Joint Meeting
12:00 Friendship Room Open
12:00 Pre-Registration
13:00 Resolutions Com Meet
15:00 Minutes Appr Com Meet
16:00 Discussion Leaders Meet
Day 1 (May 1, Tuesday)
8:00 Prep for Exhibition
8:30 Registration
9:00 Friendship Room Open
10:00 Culture Prog (1) (2) (3)
13:30 Culture Prog (4) (5) (6)
16:00 Tape Cut for Exhibition
16:00 Exhibition Open
18:30 Opening Ceremony
19:25 Welcome Dinner
Day 2 (May 2, Wednesday)
9:00 Friendship Room Open
10:00 EGM
10:00 Exhibition Open
10:00 Open Public Program
11:30 Members' Demo (1) (2)
13:00 Demo by Ohara
14:40 Demo by Mishoryu
16:20 Demo by Ichiyo
17:30 Members' Demo (3) (4)
19:00 Dinner
Day 3 (May 3, Thurthday)
9:00 Friendship Room Open
9:00 Business Meeting-1
10:00 Exhibition Open
10:00 Open Public Program
11:30 Members' Demo (5) (6)
13:00 Forum
14:40 Demo by Ryusei-ha
16:20 Demo by Ikenobo
17:30 Members' Demo (7) (8)
19:00 Dinner
Day 4 (May 4, Friday)
9:00 Breakfast Meeting
11:30 Business Meeting-2
16:00 Demo by Sogetsu
19:00 Sayonara Banquet
Sayonara Banquet
The remarkable warm sense of community and common goals that happened during the Convention was echoed in the quiet and forward looking ambience of the Sayonara Banquet.
sayo1I.I. President Wienczyslawa Sato summarized this attitude in her address. "Our lives have intermingled this week, and we have all been touched in some way by this memorable event. We come from different countries, different cultures, with different backgrounds and different ikebana schools. We meet together as friends with a common bond and the shared conviction that friendship through flowers is timeless and precious. Dispersed in nearly 60 countries and divided into 163 chapters, through our common involvement in and love of ikebana, we are united beyond borders and time.
sayo2H.I.H. Princess Takamado also expressed the optimism that distinguished this Convention: gcThe human race is also part of our natural world. We who look at flowers, we who have time with flowers, know that though each flower has a transient life, when they are brought together, they form a beautiful harmony. All of you are different flowers. All of us get together. Ikebana International is a beautiful, beautiful ikebana arrangement. It changes, but each time it shines."
sayo3With the wit for which he is famous, I.I. Honorary Advisor Mr. Tsunenari Tokugawa proposed a toast: gFor the future success of Ikebana International, and not only this groupcalso the spirit of loving flowers and loving nature should spread to the entire worldch
The Chairs of the Regional Conferences were introduced: 12th Asian RC (Delhi; Nov. 21-25, 2012), 17th North American RC (Asheville, North Carolina; May 18-22, 2014), and 8th European RC (Berlin; August 21-24, 2014).

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Convention Chairperson Nobuko Usui introduced members of the Convention Committees with deep gratitude for their dedicated work. Her farewell address expressed a sense of positive commitment to the future and the hope inherent in love of flowers and nature.

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sayo7Entertainment: Ms Nanatomo Aoi, iemoto of the Aoi School of traditional Japanese dance, performed a classic Japanese dance entitled Senzai no Shima, a dance masterpiece of the nagauta musical genre composed in 1904.
The singing of Auld Lang Syne this time had a special warmth and energy, expressing the sense of community and purpose that was generated with the Business Meeting and was amplified during the Breakfast Discussion.

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Ikebana International 10th World Convention
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Photos by McEdit (Yoichiro Kikuchi & Kenji Miura), and Ohmori Photo Studio